New York Sports

Sabres sign 2016 3rd-round pick Cliff Pu to 3-year contract

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have signed playmaking prospect Cliff Pu to a three-year, entry-level contract. Pu was selected by the Sabres in the third round of the 2016 draft. He is currently playing his fourth season in the Ontario Hockey League. The 19-year-old forward from ...

QB Taylor answers critics by rallying Bills to beat Bucs

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Rather than focus on his critics, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor said he was going to spend the week concentrating on beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was time well spent. With help from a defense that forced three turnovers, ...

Clutch plays fuel no-name Bills in getting off to 4-2 start

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — If safety Micah Hyde and the rest of the Buffalo defensive backs want to proudly refer to themselves as misfits, Sean McDermott's on board. It's a label that might well apply to the first-year coach's entire team, given how a ...

Buccaneers’ T. J. Ward frustrated by lack of playing time

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost three straight games and frustration is mounting. One veteran complained about a lack of playing time in the wake of a last-minute loss to the Buffalo Bills, another key player echoed those sentiments ...

Bills rally to beat Bucs 30-27 on late Hauschka field goal

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White didn't have much time to stew after allowing Mike Evans to score a go-ahead touchdown. The next time White took the field, he stripped the ball from Tampa Bay receiver Adam Humphries to set ...

Bills starter Tyrod Taylor acknowledges he can play better

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor doesn't need to hear from his detractors to realize his share of shortcomings. The third-year starter did the math Wednesday, when asked to evaluate his performance through five games. "Right now as ...

Johnson makes 25 saves, Sabres beat Ducks 3-1

By JEN NEALE, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Phil Housley finally got win No. 1 with the Buffalo Sabres. Chad Johnson made 25 saves, Benoit Pouliot scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Sabres beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Sunday night for Housley's first victory ...

Bills receiver Matthews has cast removed from right thumb

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills receiver Jordan Matthews isn't going to let a broken right thumb prevent him from making a few catches when his other hand works just fine. Though not yet cleared for practice, Matthews spent time catching passes solely with ...

Jets insist they’re moving on, won’t cry about overturned TD

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — More than 24 hours later, Josh McCown still didn't quite understand why the New York Jets had a touchdown — and then, just as suddenly, didn't. "It's really the same response as yesterday," the quarterback said Monday, "I don't ...

Motley crew: Surprising Bills get tested in Cincinnati

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — First place in the AFC East. A record that's tied for second-best in the NFL. A defense that's stingier than any other in Bills history so far. It's been quite a start for Buffalo, which heads to Cincinnati to face a team that can bring the ...

Bills starter Gaines questionable to play against Bengals

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills coach Sean McDermott says it's uncertain whether starting cornerback E.J. Gaines will play in Buffalo's game at Cincinnati on Sunday. Gaines will be listed as questionable because of a groin injury. In updating the status on other injured players, McDermott ...

Bills turn to untested group of wide receivers

By MARK LUDWICZAK, Associated Press ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills' passing game has had enough difficulty through the first month of the season. The challenge may grow for the NFL's 31st-ranked passing offense. The Bills (3-1) will be without top receiver Jordan Matthews for ...

Coach says Bills still have much to prove despite 3-1 start

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills coach Sean McDermott would like everyone to tap the brakes before getting overly excited about the team's better-than-expected start to the season. If the growing number of injuries to key players isn't enough to give the ...

Sabres claim ex-coach’s son Nolan after waived by LA Kings

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Sabres have claimed forward Jordan Nolan a day after the son of Buffalo's former coach was waived by the Los Angeles Kings. Nolan has six seasons of NHL experience and is the son of Ted Nolan, who spent two separate stints coaching the Sabres. Selected by Los ...

Sabres’ fresh start features motivated Jack Eichel

By The Associated Press BUFFALO SABRES LAST SEASON: 33-37-12, 78 points. Finished last in Atlantic Division and 15th in Eastern Conference, extending playoff drought to sixth consecutive season. COACH: Phil Housley (first season, first NHL season). ADDED: GM Jason Botterill, Ds Marco ...

Key events in OJ Simpson’s fall from sports hero, movie star

By The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson's story represents one of the most dramatic falls from grace in the history of American pop culture. A beloved football hero in the 1960s and '70s, he transitioned effortlessly to movie star, sports commentator and TV pitchman in the ...

Hauschka’s 2 late FGs lift Bills past Falcons, 23-17

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Buffalo Bills stand alone atop the AFC East at the latest point in a season in nine years. For that, coach Sean McDermott offered both cheers and restraint. "It feels good," McDermott said before adding, "still a long way to ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 4: Belichick’s Patriots have bad D, 2 Ls

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Pro Football Writer No matter how many yards and points Tom Brady manages to generate, his New England Patriots are not going to go very far this season if they can't get their defense straightened out. Coach Bill Belichick's reigning Super Bowl champions looked ...

Matt Ryan not looking like MVP in loss to Buffalo

By GEORGE HENRY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan hasn't felt much like an NFL MVP over the past two weeks. He looked uncharacteristically sluggish in Sunday's 23-17 loss to Buffalo, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble that was returned for a ...

Bills likely without injured LT Glenn vs. Falcons

By MARK LUDWICZAK, Associated Press ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn is unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons because of a foot injury. Defensive end Shaq Lawson will be a game-time decision. The Bills said rookie Dion Dawkins will ...